WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours.
You’ve probably heard a lot about online mass surveillance, but maybe you’re wondering how exactly intelligence agencies are monitoring you. Helpfully, they like to give their surveillance programmes silly codenames, so we can explain what’s going on.
by Maria Popova
A wine opener usage George Orwell would approve of.
“When things get tough,” Neil Gaiman advised on in his fantastic commencement address on the creative life, “this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art.” One could easily extrapolate, “Big Brother on your ass — make good art.”
Ultra-secretive government agency CSEC is collecting hugely revealing information on law-abiding Canadians.
You may have nothing to hide – but do you really want intimate details of your private life to be collected and stored in insecure government databases?
by Jamie Lee
March 5, 2014
A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers”… Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution…” –Aldus Huxley, Brave New World. –
Facebook wants to get inside users heads with new capabilities to track and analyse their behaviour across the social network.
Not content with collecting huge troves of data about users’ lives outside of Facebook, executives want new capabilities to track users’ minute interactions with the service itself.
New technology would allow them to start collecting data on details like how long users hover their cursors over elements on the page and whether their newsfeed is visible as they browse the site.
Paranoid delusions about black helicopters hovering over an area will soon be out of date: The latest scary spy apparatus lives 20,000 feet up, turning 30 or more square miles into live video sharp enough to spot individual people walking around.
The system is called ARGUS, after the 100-eyed god of Greek myth, and fittingly, it works by hooking together hundreds of inexpensive image sensors like those found in mobile phones. The non-classified parts were featured last week in an episode of the PBS show “Nova” all about drones and surveillance (the ARGUS segment starts at the half-hour mark).
Retired NYPD detective Graham Weatherspoon talked to Luke Rudkowski about filming the police and some of the historic moments he was apart of in his life. Graham Weatherspoon is the spokesperson for 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. The event was filmed at a recent Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) event in Harlem NY.
To find out more about Weatherspoon check out his website here http://blacksnlaw.tripod.com/